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Historically Low Mortgage Interest Rates Are Now On The Rise

Since the beginning of November, the rates have increased by about half a percentage point, bringing them to a 16-month high. Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors all predict that the trend will continue, and that interest rates will climb still higher in the months ahead..

Posted in Articles on Nov 29, 2016

Food Drive Results Are 'Superb'

In the weeks leading up to the collection on Nov. 15, all of the teams put together their contributions for the AnnieMac Thanksgiving Food Drive. The Pumpkin Spice Girls. 50 Shades of Gravy. I Yam What I Yam, and many more. And when they were done, the food they'd donated for area families through the Food Bank of South Jersey took up 102 boxes and weighed in at 2,110 pounds..

Posted in Articles on Nov 22, 2016

David Margulies Interviewed at the Northeast Conference of Mortgage Brokers and Professionals

Andrew Berman of the Mortgage News Network interviews David Margulies, AnnieMac's Executive Vice President of Wholesale/Correspondent and Strategic Alliances at the Northeast Conference of Mortgage Brokers and Professionals in Atlantic City..

Posted in Articles on Nov 22, 2016

8 Dangerous Home Problems You Can Uncover Before You Buy

The home inspection is that pivotal event you hold your breath for when you’re buying a house. It’s an opportunity for a licensed expert to scrutinize every inch of your potential new place for problems—both minor ones and the deal-killing kind. But when so much is on the line, why wait until the inspection to start investigating? Open houses and private showings are the perfect time to get a little nosy..

Posted in Articles on Nov 21, 2016

6 Reasons Why Autumn & Early Fall Might Be The Best Time to Purchase a Home

With warm temperatures and long days, Summer has traditionally been the high season for buying and selling real estate. But don't discount these advantages that crop up when temperatures fall. The long-held belief that summer is the best time to buy a home is fading fast. Savvy homebuyers are learning that when fall hits, numerous benefits emerge that simply aren't available other times of the year..

Posted in Articles on Nov 21, 2016

5 Ways The Government Can Save You Big Bucks On Your First Home

Itching for the key to unlock your dream of a new house? Here’s yet another reason to love your country: The U.S. has plenty of programs and incentives that could make that goal a reality. If you’re a first-time buyer—and even if you’re not, in some cases—there are some government benefits that can help you afford those new digs..

Posted in Articles on Nov 21, 2016

Buy a Home While Paying Student Loans

When Kristin and Sean Couch were ready to buy their first home, they feared that one thing would hold them back: Kristin’s student loans. Her broadcast journalism master’s degree from Syracuse University had left her more than $80,000 in debt..

Posted in Articles on Nov 21, 2016

10 Easy Fixes for a Perfect House

From price and location to the physical structure itself, the list of things to keep in mind while shopping for a house can seem endless. But some problems you encounter don’t need to affect your final decision. Although easy is a relative term, accomplishing the 10 fixes that follow is generally pretty straightforward. We also point out some big-ticket fixes to watch out for. Happy house hunting!.

Posted in Articles on Nov 14, 2016

Why Your Credit Score Matters When Buying a Home

With the new mortgage rules coming into effect across Canada, many homebuyers are wondering what it means for them, and whether they can still enter the market at all. One of the new rules applies a stress test to borrowers, which means they need to qualify at a higher rate when they have less than 20 percent as a down payment..

Posted in Articles on Nov 14, 2016

Buying or Selling a House? Here's How a Home Inspection Works

A home inspection helps ID areas of the home that need an update or repair. The home inspection lets a buyer make an informed decision when purchasing a property. Jessica Richardson, a realtor serving the Washington, D.C. metro area, estimates that a whopping 99% of buyers opt for a home inspection before purchasing a home..

Posted in Articles on Nov 14, 2016

Buying a New Home? 4 Reasons Why Location is Essential

Buyers are so hyper-focused on the home that they often cast aside surroundings. "Surroundings" do not equal trees, fences or landscape. The home's surroundings are the houses around the home and the residents occupying them. Surroundings also include the neighborhood, the passersby and the city..

Posted in Articles on Nov 14, 2016

How to Buy a Home You Can Afford in 9 Steps

For most of us, buying a home is the biggest purchase of our lives — and the process is far from simple. Here are nine steps to take to make sure the home you buy is one you can afford:.

Posted in Articles on Nov 14, 2016

A Dedication of Inspiration to our CEO Joe Panebianco

We wanted to share the news that Joe Panebianco, our fearless CEO, ran the New York City Marathon on Sunday! As you know if you have ever done this, any kind of marathon run by any person is a challenge to the mind and body. Our Management Team would be remiss if we didn't stop to congratulate Joe and dedicate some words to how inspiring an accomplishment this is..

Posted in Articles on Nov 8, 2016

10 Expert-Approved Home Security Tips for First-Time Homeowners

You bought your first home and you're thrilled! Just don't forget to close the garage door. Buying your first home is an occasion worth celebrating. But before you get caught up in decorating and planning that housewarming party, it’s important to make certain your new home is secure..

Posted in Articles on Nov 7, 2016

5 Affordable Craftsman-Style Details to Warm Up Your Brand New Home

From stone fireplace surrounds to built-ins, craftsman-style details bring character to a builder-basic home. The American craftsman architectural style originated (by and large) in sunny California at the turn of the 20th century. It is a distinctive American style that incorporates natural materials and clean lines..

Posted in Articles on Nov 7, 2016